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Living Legend

  • 1. Ophelia
    2. Here's That Rainy Day
    3. What Laurie Likes
    4. Mr. Yohe
    5. Lost Life
    6. Samba Mom Mom - (Original Take)
    7. Samba Mom Mom - (alternate take, alternate, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): OJCCD-408-2

  • Credits
    ProducerLester Koenig

    Personnel: Art Pepper (alto saxophone); Hampton Hawes (piano); Charlie Haden (acoustic bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
    Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California on August 9, 1975.
    Originally released on Contemporary (7633).
    Personnel: Art Pepper (alto saxophone); Hampton Hawes (piano); Shelly Manne (drums).
    Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (08/09/1975).
    Photographer: Laurie Miller.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Hampton Hawes; Shelly Manne; Charlie Haden.
    Art Pepper, one of the major bop altoists to emerge during the '50s, started his comeback with this excellent set, Living Legend. After 15 years filled with prison time and fighting drug addiction, Pepper was finally ready to return to jazz. Accompanied by three of his old friends (pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Shelly Manne), Pepper displays a more explorative and darker style than he had previously. He also shows a greater emotional depth in his improvisations and was open to some of the innovations of the avant-garde in his search for greater self-expression. Although this recording would be topped by the ones to come, the music (five Pepper originals and an intense version of "Here's That Rainy Day") is quite rewarding. ~ Scott Yanow

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